Voting has opened for the 2014 BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year, with four Welsh cyclists shortlisted for the prestigious award.
Ten contenders are shortlisted for the BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year 2014 award, including four Welsh cyclists.The award is now in its 60th year, and 2014 has again glittered with Welsh sporting success.
With team golds in the World and European Track championships, plus the World Cup and the Great Britain event, cyclist Elinor Barker is a recent winner of our Junior Award. At the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow she won a bronze and silver medal individually. The 20-year-old has made 2014 the year she established herself among the elite of women’s cycling.
In the space of a few months mountain biker Manon Carpenter won the Mountain Biking Downhill World Cup Series and was gold medallist at the Mountain Bike Downhill World Championships. The 21-year-old from Caerphilly achieved this success only three years after she won the junior equivalents in 2011.
Cyclist Rachel James is the latest Abergavenny resident to make her mark on the world cycling stage, and she did it a long way from home. Aguascalientes in Mexico was the setting for Rachel's two para World Championships gold medals this year - piloting Sophie Thornhill to success in the tandem kilo and tandem sprint events. James, who is sister of twice-world champion Becky, teamed up with Thornhill later in the year to pick up two more golds at the British National Track Championships.
Cyclist Geraint Thomas became the first Welshman to win cycling gold at the Commonwealth Games. A matter of days after claiming his highest-placed finish in the gruelling Tour de France, he won bronze in the Glasgow 2014 time trial, and was one of the favourites in the road race. But disaster struck. Having broken away, Thomas suffered a puncture, but with the pack gaining on him, he had time to replace the wheel and cross the finish line first. He was then made Wales flag-bearer for the closing ceremony.
Also on the shortlist are gymnast Frankie Jones, swimmers Georgia Davies and Jazz Carlin, footballer Gareth Bale, golfer Jamie Donaldson and judo star Natalie Powell.
The winner will be decided via a public vote, which will open at 08:00 GMT on Monday, 1 December and will close at 18:00 GMT on Saturday, 6 December. He or she will then be revealed during the Wales Sport Awards, an event in which BBC Cymru Wales and Sport Wales celebrate Welsh sporting success. Details on how to vote is available here.
The Wales Sport Awards will be held at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff, on Monday, 8 December from 19:30 GMT and the event will be streamed live online at bbc.co.uk/sportwales.
As well as the live online transmission, the winner will also be revealed on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and appear later that evening on BBC Wales Today on BBC One Wales and Newyddion on S4C.
Other awards to be presented on the night include Coach of the Year, Team of the Year, Junior Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year (Carwyn James Award), Lifetime Achievement/Merit.
A review of the sporting year will be broadcast on BBC Wales television on Friday 19 December at 21:30 GMT.
Please note the event is not connected with the UK Sports Personality of the Year and is for the Wales award only.